What is Kalamkari
Kalamkari is first of all a technique of printing on textiles.
It literally means drawing with a pen and is certainly a unique and distinct product.
It is an ancient method of block printing done on soft cotton fabrics and was originally done in Andhra Pradesh. in addition, dark vegetable dyes are used in the kalamkari work. Hence they are varied and interesting as compared to normal block printed textiles.
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Shop in Delhi at :- Dilli Haat, Monolisa, Lepakshi (Andhra Pradesh Emporium), Prapun
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In ancient India, storytellers went form one village to the other to entertain people with the stories of epics. Also, they used colourful drawings to illustrate the stories. Kalamkari painting was used to enhance the story telling.
Freehand drawing and vegetable dyes were used in the colourful drawings. Bold colourful block painting signify this kind of work.
Tales from Ramaya, Mahabarata and other Puranas are painted in this method. The can be used as wall hanging as well.
However, Fabrics, sarees, salwar kameez, dupattas and furnishings are created with beautiful patterns.
In addition, figures, flora & fauna are used as subjects in this method.
Fabrics and dresses in this design are available at